By Edward L. Posey
The 2nd Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) used to be the 1st and basically all-black Ranger unit within the background of the U.S. military. Its ten-month lifespan incorporated choice, education, and 7 months of wrestle deployment in Korea, and then the unit used to be deactivated. Edward Posey’s very good new examine, now to be had in paperback, is the 1st whole historical past of this elite, all-volunteer unit, whose participants have been drawn from the third Battalion of the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment and the eightieth Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion.
After experiencing the traditional travails of boot camp at castle Benning, which segregation and racism basically made worse, the all-black Rangers got down to subscribe to the Korean battle in overdue 1950. On January 7, 1951, the Rangers chanced on themselves protecting a serious railroad working via Tanyang move, which Communist guerillas attempted to infiltrate. The night motion prompted the Rangers’ inaugural strive against, which ended with the advice for a Bronze celebrity for gallantry for a Ranger sergeant. extra combats with the North Korean and Communist chinese language forces erupted close to Majori-ri and Chechon.
But the development that propelled the second Rangers into the list books used to be their airborne attack close to Munsan-Ni on March 23, 1951―the first in Ranger historical past. as soon as at the flooring, Posey and his comrades attacked and captured Hill 151. The fighting―often performed at very shut quarters, and a few of it with the bayonet and rifle butt―demonstrated the braveness of those difficult African American infantrymen. Heavy battling marked their months on the entrance, together with a powerful assault and safeguard of Hill 581 which may. all through their deployment in Korea, the 2nd Rangers served with honor and accomplished an excellent strive against record.
Posey’s lengthy past due the united states Army’s First, final, and in simple terms All-Black Rangers: The 2nd Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) within the Korean warfare, 1950-1951 (written with the aid of different Rangers) relies upon the firsthand stories of many individuals of the unit, legit documents, interviews with survivors, and different archival fabric. Stitched jointly, this knowledge bargains a wealthy and important addition to the turning out to be literature at the Korean warfare through explaining the hindrances those patriotic African american citizens confronted, their sacrifices, and their brave activities at the a long way aspect of the world.
Nearly sixty years have handed because the Korean conflict slipped into the world of heritage. Now, the realm will ultimately study the genuine tale of the U.S. Army’s first, final, and merely all-black Ranger unit.
About the writer: grasp Sergeant (Ret) Edward L. Posey joined the united states military in 1947. After serving with corporation L, third Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, he volunteered for airborne education with the Rangers in 1950 and served with contrast within the Korean battle (where he used to be wounded). Sergeant Posey retired from the carrier in 1969. In 2002, he was once inducted into the Ranger corridor of status for his commitment to responsibility and uncommon army occupation.